Alana Rae Shatkin is an American artist from South Florida working primarily in oil paints. At a young age, her mother instilled in her a love of travel, nature, and animals, and she learned to appreciate her surroundings. Her affinity with art developed through the years; first with visual arts, then dance, and then with music as she learned to play the piano, guitar, and ukulele. At age nineteen she graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors degree in Political Science, and two years later she graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management. After a few years working in the nonprofit sector, she realized she could combine her passions for political engagement, philanthropic work, and art, and in December of 2017 she began selling her work.
Her artworks include landscapes and portraits, as well as political commentary on gun control and the women’s movement. In April of 2019 she completed an artist residency in the South of France, and began working en plein air. Her landscapes explore the balance between that which is soft and flowing in nature yet incredibly solid, and are a romantic representation of her experience of a place or moment. Immersed in the beauty of the world, Alana Rae brings color and light to canvas.
"Color is my day-long obsession, joy, and torment."